After Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant & Andre Iguodala, Golden State Warriors Seeking to Boost Bench Firepower
Max deal with two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry, check. 2017 NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant agreeing to take pay cut, check. Re-signing veteran core led by 2015 NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala, along with Shaun Livingston and David West, check.
But the Golden State Warriors is far from bringing back its core that brought two NBA championship titles. Warriors Bob Myers is eyeing a third ring in four years. This is why they are adding more firepower.
Boosting Bench Firepower
Five days from the free agency, the Warriors' first move is to get the 6'9" Israeli free agent Omri Casspi. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the 29-year old combo forward has agreed to a one-year deal to play for the Golden State Warriors. In his eight years in the NBA, Casspi averaged 8.2 points and .367 from beyond the arc.
After declining his player option worth $5.7 million, Nick Young decided to join the Golden State Warriors, Young's agent Mark Bartelstein told ESPN. The Warriors' roster now stands at 14: Curry, Durant, Iguodala, Livingston, West, Casspi, Young, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, Jordan Bell, Damian Jones, Kevon Looney, Pat McCaw, and Zaza Pachulia (the latter haven't signed yet but there's a good chance). This leaves one more opening which is only for a minimum deal.
Jamal Crawford or JaVale McGee
Another reliable player on the Warriors' radar is the three-time Sixth Man of the Year Jamal Crawford. ESPN reported that the 37-year old veteran who carries a career average of 15.5 points is included on a three-team trade that would send him to the Atlanta Hawks, upon which, he would seek a buyout. Crawford still has two years left on his contract worth $29 million, though the final year is partially guaranteed.
According to ESPN sources, the Hawks front office is not amenable to a buyout unless Crawford agrees to give back a significant portion of his salary. As of June 2017, Crawford is 8th on the list of oldest active NBA players according to FOX Sports. Among the players on the Top 10 list, two of whom doesn't have an NBA championship ring, this includes Crawford.
Big man JaVale McGee is reportedly still in touch to return with the Warriors. However, he is currently in talks with the Los Angeles Clippers. But at any time, the tide could turn in favor of the Clippers if the price is right. Now this leaves Jamal Crawford the next best option. Should the Atlanta Hawks agree on a buyout deal, is Crawford ready to sign with the Golden State at a veteran minimum?
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